It is that time of year again (well it's a little late, actually) when our thoughts turn towards themes for the coming year.
Following a conversation (or two) with Ronda, Team South Africa (all those lovely volunteers and Gogos) have come up with a fabulous list to get the ball rolling. Here 'tis......
TRADITIONAL HOUSING – tepees, shacks, tents, igloos, caravans, dwelling on stilts, log cabins
ZULU PATTERNS – google “shweshwe” / African patterns
MUSIC – Musical instruments (ie. African drums and other) music notes, titles, scores
AFRICA – beading, calabashes, cooking utensils, poitjie pots, wooden spoons (Viv sent me a pic of beading which I need to download and send to you.)
MANDELA DAY (always required !)
SOLAR SYSTEM – planets, stars, shooting stars, rainbows, clouds
SAFARI – wild animals, trees, bush
ON THE FARM – farm animals, fencing, barns, straw/hay, implements
SPRING FLOWERS and TREES - Jacaranda trees, Bougainvillia, Cassia, Flamboyant
RAINBOWS – colours of …
WATER – blues/turquoises, colours of the sea, water plants, fish, sand colours, starfish
ROAD SAFETY – traffic signs, roadways, traffic lights, stop/go
KIDS BOARD GAMES – snakes&ladders, ludo, cards, tic tac toe, dominoes, checkers, chess, cards
We will probably combine some of these together. E.g. the seasonal squares of Summer, Spring and Autumn.
Please let us know your thoughts on these and pop on your thinking caps and share some ideas of your own. We may not be able to use them all, but the more the merrier..........
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I like this idea, Linda - lots of opportunities for all of us with picture squares and squares focusing on colour.
wondering how zulu patterns differ from Ndbele? I must go and google!
I was wondering how close we are to nailing down the themes and assigning them to months. :o)
Have sent you a message, Andrea. The answer to your question being reliant on a few outcomes in the theme process.
I like the idea of the emojis - I am sure there will be some patterns out there for anyone who wants to do colour work - and, of course, the emojis have their own colours for those who want to do PJs.
The solar system would be a fun one to do.
I love the idea of On The Farm as well.
Games is an interesting idea - I can see some squares I could make for that already - and maybe some toy snakes in lovely bright and stripes colours - or is that a bad idea? Do you have local snakes that are dangerous? We don't want the kids thinking that snakes are fun to play with if so!!
Some really great and fun ideas here - fun to make and also they will be great fun for the kids to have in their blankets!